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by Fred Marcuson
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can I make a new top look old?
Replies: 24
Views: 13671

Re: Can I make a new top look old?

put your finish on it and let it sit in the sun .
or use a uv light .
by Fred Marcuson
Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: need to replace a bow tip
Replies: 16
Views: 12130

Re: need to replace a bow tip

never thought about using rubber bands ...... the only problem i can think of with using them is usually they are over sized . using rubber bands might make it hard to keep the cap centered on the tip ... i'm not on the band wagon of hide glue ...... making a clamp isn't hard .... some bondo ,a smal...
by Fred Marcuson
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: need to replace a bow tip
Replies: 16
Views: 12130

Re: need to replace a bow tip

I'm just talking about the plastic and ebony cap. My plan is to glue it on with CA, shape it, drill a hole where the mortise is and square it up with a knife or chisel. Is this the correct way to do it? that's pretty much it :) i always used white glue to glue it on though . some times it was a bla...
by Fred Marcuson
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Moving/Quitting Luthiery Biz - Looking to sell tools,templates,wood,etc. NJ/NY area
Replies: 6
Views: 6637

Re: Moving/Quitting Luthiery Biz - Looking to sell tools,templates,wood,etc. NJ/NY area

Bryan Jeppson wrote:Off the top of my head I'd say the booth is probably about 7 feet tall, 5 ft wide, 5 ft deep...just guessing though. I had to disassemble it to get it into my basement
thanks ...need to 'think' out if i can fit it in my small shop :roll:
by Fred Marcuson
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Moving/Quitting Luthiery Biz - Looking to sell tools,templates,wood,etc. NJ/NY area
Replies: 6
Views: 6637

Re: Moving/Quitting Luthiery Biz - Looking to sell tools,templates,wood,etc. NJ/NY area

can you give me the dimensions of the spray booth ?
need to know if it will fit in my shop :)
thanks :)
by Fred Marcuson
Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 20457

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

some of them can be a real bear to get out ..
but keep on trying ...
lw , heat, lw ..
it also helps to have another set of hands to hold the horn steady while trying to unscrew them .
also a good fitting screwdriver is a must !!
by Fred Marcuson
Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:07 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 20457

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

it seems there is always a couple stubborn screws in a horn :(
a soldering iron , heat sink paste at the base of the post and liquid wrench .
at least it isn't a plastic clarinet :)
by Fred Marcuson
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: cello broken neck
Replies: 24
Views: 13270

Re: cello broken neck

simple glue up may or may not hold ....
personally , i wouldn't want a simple glue up ( just gluing the neck back in ) come back to haunt me .
i'd remove the rest of the neck from the body and re-glue it.
i'd drill and run a dowel up through the break .
then re-set the neck ...
by Fred Marcuson
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 20457

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

Owen Woods wrote:WD40 is also effective at freeing up jammed rods.
yes , but you need to clean it off .. if you don't it will gum up ..
by Fred Marcuson
Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 20457

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

Question for all: what should I use to free-up stubborn rods and screws? use heat to loosen the screws . a soldering iron will work . just clean all the solder off first . also use a screw driver that fits the screw ! if you don't you stand the chance of breaking off half the screw slot (been there...
by Fred Marcuson
Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 20457

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

another thing to watch out for on old horns is un-level / uneven tone holes ..
if they aren't flat you will never get the pad to seal the hole ...
i've done a few horns in my day , if i can be ant help ; just ask :)
by Fred Marcuson
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1940's Gibson j35 bridge plate
Replies: 14
Views: 10532

Re: 1940's Gibson j35 bridge plate

I was hoping to offer her an inexpensive alternative.
well get a thin piece of brass sheet, remove the nuts and washers from the bottom of the bridge .
cut the brass to shape , drill holes for the strings and bolts . contact cement brass to the bridge plate .
restring .